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Shaqira Ramli graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Dubai in 2011 but couldn’t secure a job in the art industry when she’s back in Malaysia. Therefore, she joined the event industry as a graphic designer.

In 2016, she decided to quit the job which she found very stressful due to her bad morning sickness while having her first baby.

When she left the stress behind with her career in events, Shaqira felt like it only made sense to go back to what she loved doing most—art. Though they sold art handmade by others first, Shaqira and her husband later found a niche they were passionate about in making natural tie-dye and teaching others about it.

They started to sell handmade their products in bazaars around West Malaysia.

“We were very active in bazaars, especially in Penang. Sometime in 2017, a friend of mine who’s the organiser of Lokalhouz in Penang asked if we could teach at the Butterworth Fringe Festival in conjunction with the Georgetown Festival. Without hesitation, I said yes,” Shaqira pointed out some memorable moments in her art career.

It was a huge success with estimated 60 participants. Since then, they started to run tie-dye workshops under their brand, Bohomys. In 2018, they ventured into natural dyes. 2019 onwards, Bohomys uses 100% natural dyes on their products and workshops.

But due to the pandemic, their business which depended on in-person interactions had to come to a halt. To make matters worse, they lost almost RM20K the day the first MCO was announced due to cancellations for their workshops.

“The pandemic hit us hard, and I was lost for a bit. But I knew that I had two kids that needed me, and I needed to work hard for them,” Shaqira recalled.

Bohomys’ pivot started in July 2020, and it began when Shaqira and her husband decided to start selling their natural tie-dye as products. Before this, they were just teaching and selling natural dye kits.

Since the first MCO, Shaqira had faced hikes in prices and was unable to source for some supplies sometimes, and she shared that her fabric supplier couldn’t open her shop for a bit.

This limits them to only being able to make bags, T-shirts, masks, and scarves in the meantime, but once their fabric supplier is able to operate again, they’re thinking of introducing more clothes.

Besides sustaining the business, Bohomys also determines in empowering youths, especially those from the nearby urban village near their place. They’re currently in talks with some parties that would like to support their program to open a community skill center in Kampung Kuala Sungai Baru, Puchong. They plan to provide opportunities for these youths to learn skills including tailoring, tie-dye, and many more for no cost.

Bohomys has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!


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